Charitable Work

Dr. Ellenbogen is very active in helping to raise funding and support for the Hospital de la Fe in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico and Project Happy Face. We wish to thank The Iacocca Foundation for their generous donation to the Hospital de la Fe!.

Dr. Ellenbogen’s goal is to help children and also adults who have congenital or injury-induced deformities. The Hospital de la Fe is not currently equipped for these types of surgeries, so patients are referred to the Celaya Clinic of Dr. Velazquez and Dr. Berlanga where speech therapy, orthodontic therapy and dental therapy are available.

Dr. Ellenbogen is hoping to set up a cosmetic surgery clinic which can be used to help support reconstructive surgery for children and adults in clinics that provide those valuable services in the area. Dr. Ellenbogen and his wife will be living part-time in San Miguel so he can become even more involved with the hospital.

To find out how you can donate to this hospital and very wonderful cause, please contact our office at 310-276-3183. Alternatively, you may give through the San Miguel Educational Foundation (SMEF) specifying that the donation is for Project Happy Face.

Checks should be payable to SMEF and mailed to their office in Laredo, TX at:

SMEF
220 North Zapata Hwy. #11
PMB-5K
Laredo, TX 78043

The foundation will send a US tax deductible receipt to each donor.

Below are photos of children who have lip and facial defects who were fortunate enough to have surgery:

One-sided cleft lip, repaired by Dr. Ellenbogen’s associate.


Bi-lateral cleft lip repair by Dr. Ellenbogen’s associate.


8-month old child with a cleft palette. Because of the hole, he can’t talk, eat or drink and must be fed through a feeding tube in his stomach. He is presently being treated at the Celaya Clinic with extra funding being supplied by Hospital de la Fe. Because of his cleft palette, he is malnourished and must be bulked up before having surgery.

This is the same child being treated at the Celaya Clinic.

We wish to thank the Celaya Clinic for the extraordinary care they are providing for Giovanni. We also with to thank Lee Iacocca and The Iacocca Foundation for their generous donation to the Hospital de la Fe which helped fund this child’s treatment.

Meet Dr. Ellenbogen

Dr. Richard Ellenbogen began his medical career at the University of Florida, where he showed advanced skills in both pre-medicine and art courses...

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